Instructors


Kristin Cassidy

 

Kristin is a Kripalu Certified Yoga Instructor, RYT-200, owner of BODHIFIT, with 13 years of yoga teaching experience. Her yoga classes offer a challenging, compassionate and dynamic flow enabling students to connect breath awareness with postures. Students learn to strengthen, revitalize, balance and restore both body & mind. Kristin teaches a  fun, safe, inspiring class allowing students to be who they are as well as to access more of their own inner strength and wisdom.  She sees yoga as a means to accessing self-connection. She is grateful for the opportunity to serve, love and inspire community by living her truth through the practice of yoga.


             Sarah Dandelions

 

Sarah Dandelions is a local yoga teacher in the southern Vermont area and has been teaching for over 12 years.  She is known for her intuitive sequencing which is constantly evolving as she grows from her own personal practice and inquiry of yoga to heal her body from years of chronic pain. Sarah continues to deepen her studies with one of her main influences Patty Townshend, developer of Embodyoga as well as various other teachers. 

Sarah not only teaches in the community and the Southern Vermont Dance Festival, but  also holds a weekly Yoga Co-Op in her home studio for teachers to come together to practice, explore and inspire one another by freely offering their teachings to each other. She believes the power of moving through this deep exploration of yoga with fierce women can help balance all the complexities of navigating through this current social and political climate.

Sarah's diverse tunes and non-dogmatic teaching style evoke a spirit of playfulness, inviting students to move intuitively, following their body's wisdom in a way that supports them physically and emotionally in each moment and every breath. Her highest intention is to create and hold sacred space that not only feels safe but is safe for all human beings regardless of age, sex, race, religion, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression.  Guiding  her students to connect deeply with themselves through their breath, Sarah reminds them to breathe, knowing through experience, that if you can connect fully with the breath, you can breathe through the anxiety and fears that hold us back from living fully.

 


Jo Schneiderman

 

Jo started studying yoga 46 years ago and began teaching three years later. Her yoga practice and body were revived when she discovered the Iyengar Method of Yoga following a debilitating car accident. Jo approaches teaching yoga with respect for each individual's body, joy in the release yoga can bring, and a down to earth approach to ensure all participants can experience success. Jo teaches classes that are accessible to all bodies regardless of size, age, injury, and flexibility.  She uses an individual approach even in group classes, so she modifies each pose for students to ensure that all students have fun and benefit from her classes.  Jo completed a two-year teacher training program with Patricia Walden, Senior Iyengar Instructor, in 2001, and has continued her study with Iyengar trained or certified instructors Manuso Manos, Peentz Dubble, Christopher Beach, and Eileen Muir.

Come to Jo's class--work--stretch --and laugh! :-)


     

 

 

Jennifer Morlock

Jennifer Morlock, RYT-200 is a certified Kripalu yoga teacher. She became a yoga teacher because she wants to spread the joy of yoga to others. Her passion is helping others to expand their self imposed limitations, to believe in themselves and make personal progress, especially people who experience self-doubt and negative self talk. She teaches compassionate and non-judgemental yoga. All are welcome. Yoga is a practice, not a perfection, so everyone should come and explore their own personal edges! Jennifer lives in Brattleboro with her husband, kids, and animals. Her background, before yoga, is in classical piano performance. 


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Nick Marchese

 

It was Nick’s desire to experience the freedom of flight that inadvertently led him to yoga. At age 13, he built a parachute and jumped off the roof of his house. A fractured sacrum and five years of severe, intermittent back pain lead him to a chiropractor in 1988 who prescribed a handful of daily “stretches” (yoga in disguise). Not only did these yoga stretches heal his back, they showed him that there are safer ways to take "flight"! Since then he has studied yoga extensively with many great teachers and while he makes no claim to represent any particular school of yoga, his deepest influences come from Deb Neubauer, John Friend, Sianna Sherman and Desiree Rumbaugh of the Anusara yoga tradition. He has also spent many hours in classes taught by Iyengar and Ashtanga yoga teachers, including Eileen Muir, Rodney Yee and Richard Freeman, to name a few. The Yoga Master Paramahansa Yogananda was one of Nick’s earliest inspirations and continues to help him anchor his practice in the spiritual dimensions of the tradition.Nick’s practice has led him to realize that the vast freedom that beckoned all those years ago is as near as our own breath. The spaciousness of the sky exists within, and the breath is our link.In Nick’s class, there are no right or wrong ways to do yoga “asana”, or postures. Everything we do is a posture and we have the opportunity to bring our awareness, intention and intelligent participation to all of them. Here, we partner with the breath in “yoga asana” to remember and reclaim that infinite space within our own being, to realize that we have a choice in how we manifest ourselves in every posture, in every breath, in every moment of our life.